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Machiavellian

Definitions of Machiavellian

  1. (adjective) The use of amoral, cunning, deceitful, scheming, or unscrupulous methods, particularly in one’s career or politics.
  2. (adjective) Of or relating to Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) or Machiavellianism.

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Machiavellian Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈˌmɑkiəˈvɛliən/
      • /ˈˌmɑkiəˈvɛljən/
    • British English
      • /ˌmakjəˈvɛlɪən/
  • Syllabification: (ma·chi·a·vel·li·an)

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Cite the Definition of Machiavellian

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “machiavellian.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

machiavellian. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “machiavellian.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“machiavellian.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 22 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/>.